Archive for February, 2011

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X-Files love

February 26, 2011

One of the questions for our ceremony homework was, “Would you like to include any particular readings?”

I’ve already written about one.

The other is a bit unorthodox.

You see, I have a mild obsession with The X-Files.

During a high school speech class, we had to give an award to another classmate. Guess what mine was? The Ultimate X-Files Fan. When I think about that day I have to shake my head.

We weren’t supposed to wear shorts when giving a speech (an attempt to look professional, I suppose); however, the guy presenting my award NEVER wore pants. In an effort to not get docked points, he asked me if there was ever an episode where Mulder wore shorts. I remember rattling off the name of an episode – which one, I don’t know – and he used it in his introduction.

I’m such a nerd. 😛

Anyway …

Given The X-Files was home to several fantastic writers – and one of the best will they/won’t they relationships on television (they DID, BTW ;)) – I can’t believe using something from one of the scripts never entered my mind.

Feeling lovey dovey, I Googled “love quotes” on Valentine’s Day and stumbled upon this LiveJournal post. Within the comments, someone posted this quote:

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships– the ones that last– are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with. -Scully, “X-Files”

Bonus points if you can tell me which episode (without Google!).

That couldn’t describe my feelings toward Randy more accurately.

For those of you who don’t know, Randy and I worked together at Domino’s Pizza while I was in college. In a testosterone-filled work environment (until Becky was hired I was the only girl), Randy treated me with respect and really valued my work ethic. And, I can say, the feelings were mutual. I LOVED working with him and actually enjoyed coming in when I knew he’d be the manager on duty.

He was funny and carefree.

I liked talking to him – even if he was REALLY into cars. 😉

For almost two years, I had a great colleague and friend. I was dating someone else at the time, so I didn’t really see much beyond that.

Then one day it hit me.

I was dating the wrong guy.

I remember calling my Mom crying about wanting to break up with my then-boyfriend, but I didn’t tell her why. Heck, I was still working through the feelings myself.

The weeks following that discovery were both painful and exciting. It certainly made me realize I’m stronger than I thought – and you have to go after what you want.

He’s my Mulder. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 😀

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Randomness

February 25, 2011

I created this little thing called a wedding website.

It was a PITA.

But I’m proud of it.

Right now, I think the only thing missing is the food choices. I’ll get to that eventually.

Check it out.

And, please, for the love of Grammar Gods, let me know if there are errors. One can only catch so many mistakes in her own writing. 😉

Oh yeah, sign our guest book if ya want. 🙂

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I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I wrote my last check to our photographer. I have a check ready to send the florist as soon as my tax return is deposited. Randy has the money saved for the cake, ceremony musician … and something else. That escapes me at the moment. I’ve scheduled my first alterations appointment for May 5. I still have no idea where we’re going to have the rehearsal dinner, but I’m contemplating handing that task over to Randy (Eek!!). I’m finally finished my ceremony homework and am patiently waiting for him to finish his. I’ve contacted the calligrapher about shipping our envelopes.

The Human Countdown (aka Randy) tells me we only have 120 days to go.

But the light isn’t just for wedding stuff.

There are only three home WVU basketball games remaining. I like my part-time job, my co-workers and the extra money; however, I’m burnt out. The five-month hiatus until football can’t come soon enough! It’s well-deserved and needed.

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Remember the hat I ordered Randy?

It’s here and safely tucked away.

There are some threads missing from the W on the front, but that’s okay.

It’s cute and will serve its purpose. And if I know Randy, being the sentimental guy that he is, it’ll become a dust-collecting keepsake after the wedding. 😉

With that said, however, I would not order from Crazy Custom Caps again.

First of all, they are based in Australia. There is NO mention of that on their website. Heck, there isn’t even an address listed. If I had known that prior to ordering, I would have looked elsewhere.

Second of all, their customer service stinks. The site states orders usually arrive in 4-10 business days. One can assume those are Australian-based orders, but how was I supposed to know that? On business day 10, I e-mailed to inquire about my order. The site states they’ll get back to you as soon as possible – usually within one hour.

I’m still waiting for a response.

I let several days pass and then opened a dispute through PayPal. Miraculously, I received an e-mail the following day saying my order had been completed and shipped. It arrived several days later.

Just a little warning for you!

That’s all the updates I have for now. Happy Friday! Mwah!

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Mmmmm … food

February 16, 2011

Soooo … we had our food tasting at the Alumni Center today.

And this is the only picture I have to share:

That’s Randy, Mom and Dad sitting around the table pre-food being served. As we were standing in the parking lot afterward, I stopped mid-sentence when I realized I’d forgotten to take pictures of the entrees. *sniff*

Bad bride blogger, I know.

You’ll have to make do with my picture-perfect memory (HA!) and expertise in culinary writing (HA HA!).

First things first … Everything was wonderful! The portion sizes are generous as well. I even know what I’ll be ordering – and it’s not what I expected. 😉

We began the meal with a house salad – Romaine, spinach, roasted pecans, goat cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes with our choice of homemade Peppercorn Ranch or Sun-Dried Tomato dressing.

Paired with the pecans and goat cheese, I preferred the Peppercorn Ranch; however, I liked the flavor of the Sun-Dried Tomato better. Surprisingly, Randy liked the latter as well.

I was so busy talking, at one point, I looked around the table and noticed I was the only one with salad still on my plate. As I was finishing, the server was bringing out the entrees.

For us to share, we had:

  • Pork medallions (which looked and tasted more like center loin) with an El Paso dry rub, covered in sweet onion jam. Accompanying sides were whole roasted baby red potatoes and green beans with red peppers.
  • Chicken bruschetta (battered and lightly fried chicken breast covered with bruschetta tomoatoes) paired with garlic mashed potatoes and julienne vegetable medley (squash, carrots and zucchini).
  • Tri-color tortellini with a roasted red pepper sauce

There was also yummy-in-the-tummy asparagus thrown in there (I think with the pasta) somewhere.

Hands down, the table favorite was the pork (and that’s what I’ll be getting). The sweet onion jam made the dish! At one point I tasted a roasted potato with the jam and was sold. Delish! Although great in its own way, the chicken bruschetta couldn’t hold a candle to the pork. The pasta was my least favorite (but still good). That’s probably why we opted to switch it out.

For sides, the julienne vegetable medley and roasted potatoes were crowd-pleasers with the green beans and garlic mashed potatoes tied for second. I’m someone who LOVES garlic (probably the only one in my immediate family), but the potatoes were overwhelming to me. In fact, I can still taste them.

In the end, we opted for the following appetizers and entrees:

Appetizers

  • Coconut shrimp
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Brie and raspberry en croute
  • Phyllo and asiago wrapped asparagus
  • Buffalo chicken dip with pita chips

Entrees

  • Pork medallions with El Paso rub, roasted baby red potatoes, julienne vegetable medley
  • Chicken bruschetta with Parmesan risotto and julienne vegetable medley
  • Ravioli stuffed with cheese and spinach with the roasted red pepper sauce and julienne vegetable medley

It’s going to be wonderful … and I can’t wait!

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Do as I say, not as I do

February 13, 2011

I really, really dislike that phrase. For the most part, I think it’s a double standard.

There are, however, exceptions. And my briefly terrifying (and funny) experience today is one of them.

I’m not sure what came over me, but I decided to try on my wedding dress. It’s probably the same feelings of excitement and anxiousness that lead me to randomly try on my wedding band from time to time.

(As an aside, Randy has since hidden my ring. He says it’s bad luck to wear it before the big day. I, as you might guess, don’t believe in such nonsense.)

I wasn’t sure how I would put it on alone.

I wasn’t even sure how I would zip it up.

Before I knew it, though, I was standing in my unmentionables and pulling the dress out of it’s garment bag. Knowing I’d never be able to put it on over my head, I decided to step into it.

As I gently tugged on the zipper, I hear riiiiiiipppppppp.

You can imagine the thoughts that ran through my mind …

Holy ^&%$!

What the hell just ripped?

I knew I’d gained a few pounds, but not that much!

Maybe it was the tag.

I finally got up the courage to turn the dress around (yes, while it was still on my body) and survey the damage.

And I let out a sigh of relief.

It was just a thread holding a gather in place at the base of the zipper. There are two more just like it – both with a well-worn look. It was just a matter of time before it ripped.

I’m actually glad it happened today because I’ll be able to point it out to the alterations person. Hopefully he/she can use stronger thread to fix it.

😉

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Check, check, check

February 7, 2011

I’ve accomplished next to nothing wedding-related since my last post.

The things I did do, however, feel so minuscule they’re not really worthy of blog posts unto themselves.

  • I’m working diligently on our ceremony homework

I have the bulk of the questions answered, but I’m really struggling with a few. Like “What do you hold sacred?” I stare at the question – fingers poised over the keyboard – but nothing comes to mind. Ugh! A little inspiration would be appreciated…

  • I scheduled our food tasting at the venue

Feb. 16 … and I’m only mildly excited. I’m going to put this out there – I already wish I’d hired a wedding planner to deal specifically with the venue. I’ve had no problems with other vendors; however, e-mail communication with the catering manager is VERY slow and nothing irks me more than people who don’t return messages in a timely manner. Especially messages with questions in them. I know she’s probably busy (I’m busy, too), but it shouldn’t take a week (or more) to respond to a simply question like, “What sauces are available for the tortellini?” I’d like to know what I’m going to be eating before we arrive next Wed.

  • I officially nixed the candy buffet

What once was an exciting priority quickly became low-man on the totem pole. I want something a bit more personal – a way to symbolize the idea of family. I’m leaning toward making Randy’s mom’s sugar cookies (they were insanely popular at the Christmas cookie exchange) and including the recipe for people to take home.

  • I selected a calligraphy style for our invitation envelopes

I stumbled upon the name of a New Jersey calligrapher last February and couldn’t believe how cheap her services were (are). Hiring a calligrapher wasn’t even on my radar until then. She sent me samples of her writing styles and I finally picked one:

In non-wedding news, I went to see an allergist last week. I was finally tired of my ears always feeling full, the post-nasal drip, and not being able to wear my contacts. I’m excited to report I’m allergic to life (as my friend Amber so affectionately calls it). 😉 In reality, it’s just dust mites, grasses and trees. As it turns out, I’m highly (HIGHLY) allergic to dust mites. I now get to buy special protectors for my mattress, box springs and pillows. I’m also the proud recipient of two nasal sprays and five years worth of allergy shots. I’m not really sure I’ll ever be without symptoms (I do have four chinchillas that bathe in dust *facepalm*), but I’m game for just about anything if I can get a bit of relief.

Going to be another busy week, so don’t expect much in the way of posts again. I’ll definitely update after our tasting on the 16th though. Mwah!